If you want minimalist motoring that also has some charm, a used Suzuki Alto could hit the right note. A rival to small cars aimed at budget-conscious drivers, like the Citroen C1, Dacia Sandero and Vauxhall Viva, the Alto is closely related to the Nissan Pixo, and being built for developing markets can shrug off the worst Britain’s roads can throw at it. There have been several cars sold as the Suzuki Alto, but the latest model - introduced in 2009, and sold in the UK until 2014 - is the one to buy now. One engine is offered, a 1.0-litre, 68hp three-cylinder, and the Alto’s five-door body is light enough that it’ll reach 62mph in less than 14 seconds. Manual models have the lowest emissions, but there’s an automatic version too. Although a budget model, the interior has some charming design touches and is well put together, even if the materials are purely functional and there’s the occasional sharp edge on handles. Go for the SZ4 for the best equipment and safety, as it has stability control and side airbags. There are hundreds of Suzuki Altos for sale in our classified ads; find the best deals near you when searching for your next car with Parkers.
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If you wanted a cheap, small runaround in 2009 then there was plenty of choice. Even so, it was unlikely that you could have overlooked the Suzuki Alto, such was its outstanding value. 

Promising good fuel economy, low insurance costs and cheap road tax, it was a cut to the bone value proposition which ticked all the right boxes. 

Although it was strongly built and well equipped (for its price) there wasn’t a huge amount of fun to be had in the Alto. Other small cars like the Toyota Aygo and Volkswagen Up were better in this respect.

The cost cutting measures were there to be seen, including pop-out rear windows which did away with the need for winding mechanisms and a rear parcel shelf that had to be lifted and lowered manually.

Bootspace was a bit limited and the Alto didn’t score highly with Euro NCAP, receiving just three stars.

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Parkers has thousands of used Suzuki Alto cars for sale in our classified listings. Find your next secondhand model in our ads – we’ve everything from family cars and hatchbacks to executive saloons and sports cars.